Late dry spell dooms PHS in key game

BOYS BASKETBALL
Greg Ceilley of The Review Staff


ZAC CAIN of Plymouth drives to the hoop against Waupun’s Mason Domask in Friday’s EWC basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ZAC CAIN of Plymouth drives to the hoop against Waupun’s Mason Domask in Friday’s EWC basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers led Waupun 37-33 through three quarters in Friday night’s boys basketball game and then the roof caved in for PHS.

Waupun dominated on offense, defense and rebounding in the fourth period as it outscored PHS 20-3 to earn a 53-40 road win in a crucial Eastern Wisconsin Conference match-up. The Warriors clinched at least a share of the EWC title as they improved to 11-0 in the league (12-4 overall).

The three-time defending EWC champion Panthers fell to 8-3 in the conference (11-6 overall) and saw their hopes for another league crown all but end. PHS, which lost to the Warriors earlier this season, and Waupun have three conference games remaining.

“This is absolutely a huge win for us. We came in banged up. Our starting point guard, TJ Gaubatz, didn’t play. We have a tremendous group of young fighters,” said Warrior head coach Dan Domask.

“I’m very proud of the kids. Everyone contributed. It was a hardfought battle. To have it turn out like this is special.”

PHS, which has its lowest scoring total of the season, failed to score in the final quarter until Nick Casper hit a driving layup at the 3:15 mark which shaved Waupun’s lead to 41- 39. Casper’s basket was Plymouth’s first points since Brady Grapentine made a fast-break layup with 2:10 left in the third quarter.

After Casper’s field goal, Ben Heeringa answered for Waupun with a three-pointer which gave his team a 44-39 lead with 2:55 remaining. The trey started a 12-1 run by the Warriors which closed out the game. Mason Domask scored seven points in the final period to lead Waupun.

In the fourth quarter, the Warriors’ aggressive man-to-man defense allowed few easy shots, and Waupun rebounded well at both ends and got to the free-throw line 19 times, making 14 of them. PHS did get some good looks inside but were unable to capitalize and had few secondchance opportunities.

Twice in the fourth period the Warriors grabbed offensive rebounds after they missed free throws which led to four points.

“Defensively, we had to keep them off the offensive board and it didn’t happen, especially in the second half,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

“They played well and I give them credit for that. We just didn’t put the ball in the hole and didn’t get to the line enough.

“The offensive and defensive rebounds weren’t in our favor and that hurt us. We didn’t move without the ball in the second half. Our hustle and determination were there,” said coach Cain.

Waupun outrebounded PHS 38- 30. The Warriors shot only 23 percent from the field but outscored PHS 21-5 at the foul line. The Panthers hit only 28 percent from the floor.

The Panthers’ offense was smooth in the first half, keyed by good movement and passing, as they took a 28-23 halftime lead. PHS went on a 7-2 run in the final 3:20 of the second period to gain its fivepoint advantage. Casper hit a layup, followed by Zac Cain’s follow-up basket and TJ Moegenburg’s threeball which made it 28-21.

Colton Hawkinson pulled Waupun to within 28-23 with a basket inside as time expired in the half.

Both defenses tightened up in the third quarter which saw Waupun hold a 10-9 scoring edge. The Panthers built a 37-27 lead with 2:10 left in the period after a 7-0 run, fueled by Grapentine’s five points on a three-point goal and a fast-break layup. The PHS defense forced four turnovers, keyed by Grapentine who had two steals.

The Warriors responded with a 6-0 spurt to finish the period, slicing Plymouth’s lead to 37-33. Griffin VandeZande’s three-pointer sparked the rally.

Domask, averaging 27 points per game coming in, scored a game-high 24. Cain led PHS with 13, followed by Nick Casper with 11.

Cain also paced the Panthers in rebounds with 10. Dominic Bocchini had a team-high three assists. Casper and Grapentine led in steals with two each.

“We played two good quarters [in the first half], then the ball didn’t go in the hole and they made shots and got to the free-throw line,” said Zac Cain.

“It was a disappointing loss when you lose on your home court and lose conference [chance for winning the EWC title outright]. They have a good team and always play hard.”

Colton Homan led Waupun in rebounds with 14 and Domask had nine. Heeringa and Domask had a team-best four assists apiece. Heeringa, starting in place of Gaubatz, also scored 12 points.

FRESHMAN GAME

Waupun won the freshman game, 51-47. The Panthers dropped to 9-2 in the EWC (12-4 overall).

Mason Guell led PHS scorers with 13 and John Aschenbach had nine. Guell had a team-high eight rebounds.

The junior varsity results were unavailable at press time.

WAUPUN
53
PLYMOUTH
40

Score by Quarters
Waupun...................15 8 10 20 – 53
Plymouth.…............15139 3–40

Waupun scoring: Bryce Verheyen 3, Griffin VandeZande 4, Mason Domask 24, Colten Hawkinson 2, Jordan McGinnis 3, Colton Homan 5, Ben Heeringa 12. Three-point goals: Verheyen 1, VandeZande 1, Domask 2, Heeringa 2. Plymouth scoring: Zac Cain 13, Nick Casper 11, TJ Moegenburg 3, Brady Grapentine 5, Gage Nischke 4, Carter Krzyzaniak 2, Matt Olig 2. Threepoint goals: Cain 1, Grapentine 1, Moegenburg 1. Field goals: Waupun 13-57, 23%; Plymouth 16-58, 28%. Free throws: Waupun 21-29, 72%; Plymouth 5-6, 83%; Rebounds: Waupun 38, Plymouth 30. Turnovers: Waupun 13, Plymouth 12.


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